Dear all, This species is a very typical mediterranean plant. Does not appreciate water during the summer. No mulching with organic material, which can causing rotting during the summer. For esthetic reasons cuting down the leaves to 20cm high (8") during August is recommended, which will make it tidy and the flowers will be more visible (although less protected). New shoots re appear during September-Ôctobre, which is the best time to divide and transplant. Earlier will cause an unestablished plant will resist to summer drought.(and dos not tolerate watering) I hope this helps Lauw de Jager South of France http://www.bulbargence.com/ -----Original Message----- Kathleen will need to come to Northern California some summer for a visit and help divide it.